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Tuning in to TV
The head of the FX network said Sunday he still hasn’t seen a script for Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom, “Anger Management,” which is due to premiere in June.
That’s a little late, conceded John Landgraf, FX president and general manager. It illustrates the grand gamble made by the cable network, one with a potentially big payoff.
FX usually produces its own series, and Mr. Landgraf said he has never ordered one without seeing a pilot episode, much less a script. “Anger Management,” loosely based on the 2003 movie about a troubled therapist who disrupts his patients’ lives, is produced by Debmar-Mercury, a subsidiary of the Lionsgate production company.
Mr. Landgraf said he has faith in Bruce Helford, former producer of “The Drew Carey Show” and the creative force behind the new series.
The executive said he has met with Mr. Sheen and is confident the actor is trying to pull his life together following the drug-fueled meltdown that led to his firing from CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.”
FX has ordered 10 episodes of “Anger Management” and will pair it on the schedule with reruns of “Two and a Half Men.” It expects a strong debut for curiosity reasons. If it does well after that, FX will consider ordering 90 more, which would put FX in the lucrative business of being able to sell repeats of the show in syndication to other networks.
It’s all a bet, Mr. Landgraf said.
“Could I be spectacularly wrong about this bet?” he asked. “Yes.”
Hulu to broadcast original scripted series
Hulu will broadcast its first original scripted series next month, a political comedy that will debut during the real-life Republican presidential primary.
The online video service is ramping up its rivalry with Netflix Inc.
Aimed squarely at an audience loyal to cutting-edge comedy such as “The Office” and “The Colbert Report,” Hulu’s new show “Battleground” is a look at the inner workings of a Democratic primary campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin. It was created by J.D. Walsh, an actor who worked for Sen. John Kerry during a political campaign.
Hulu’s foray into original scripted programming follows an investment in the Morgan Spurlock documentary series “A Day in the Life,” which debuted in August and soon will launch into a second season.
Hulu also announced it would make “Up to Speed,” a non-scripted series that looks at historic nooks and crannies of notable destinations around America.
The shows will be available on both the free and paid versions of Hulu.
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